CCSA Files Parcel Tax Lawsuit Against West Contra Costa Unified School District
May 6, 2014 On behalf of students attending charter public schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), CCSA filed a lawsuit on May 6 alleging that the WCCUSD failed to provide students attending charter public schools in the district with voter approved funding under Measure G. Passed by 75% of voters in November 2012, Measure G is a parcel tax measure that maintains quality education for students in WCCUSD through local funding.
WCCUSD's decision to deny parcel tax proceeds unlawfully discriminates against African American and Latino students (as well as socio-economically disadvantaged children) attending charter schools in violation of the California State Constitution and laws.
And without this funding, students are being denied not only a host of educational instruction facilities, after-schools programs, and qualified teachers, but also, lack basic educational amenities and services such as libraries and labs, higher teacher to student ratios, reduced program offerings, and less instructional support (e.g., instructional assistant, counselors), among many other benefits.
The lawsuit is not just about WCCUSD but is to protect all students attending California charter public schools in every school district statewide from such discriminatory practices regarding parcel tax measures that can drastically curtail their educational success and future opportunities.